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Rib Roast with Madeira Gravy

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 3 hours + standing


14-16 servings

I discovered this recipe years ago, and it proved to be such a winner that I still enjoy serving it to family and friends during the holidays.


  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 beef ribeye roast (7 to 8 pounds)
  • GRAVY:
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Madeira wine or additional beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine salt, thyme and pepper; rub over roast. Place fat side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° 3 hours or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°). Transfer to a warm serving platter. Let stand 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, for gravy, pour pan drippings and loosened browned bits into a 4-cup measuring cup. Skim fat, reserving 1/4 cup; set drippings aside. In a skillet, saute the mushrooms and onion in reserved fat until tender. Add tomato paste; cook and stir until combined. Remove from the heat.
  3. Add enough beef broth to reserved drippings to measure 3-1/2 cups. In a large saucepan, combine flour, wine, lemon juice and broth mixture until smooth. Stir in mushroom mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Slice roast and serve with gravy.

Nutrition Facts

5 ounces cooked beef with 1/3 cup gravy: 465 calories, 32g fat (13g saturated fat), 118mg cholesterol, 555mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 37g protein.

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